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5:25 PM ET, January 28, 2019

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James Walker / Press Gazette:
BuzzFeed proposes cutting 17 of BuzzFeed UK's 37 editorial staff, with most losses to the Buzz section covering pop culture  —  Buzzfeed UK's editorial team will be cut by nearly half, its own media reporter has claimed, down from 37 to 20 journalists based in London.
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
BuzzFeed laid off its Director of Quizzes because lots of people are willing to make quizzes for free  —  “This post has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff.  BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone create a post.  Learn more or post your buzz!”
BuzzFeed News Staff Council:
In a letter to BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti and others, the BuzzFeed News Staff Council demands that BuzzFeed pay out earned paid time off to laid-off employees
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Even as companies like Digital First Media strip-mine local newspapers for profit, their journalists continue doing important work and deserve support  —  Jeffrey Miller might be the ideal news consumer: He's well-informed, thoughtful and understands the role good journalism plays in American democracy.
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Steve Cavendish / Washington Post:
How Gannett hollowed out newspapers in Tennessee over decades, leaving stories like hospital mergers and local elections now under-covered  —  Wednesday was a bloodbath for journalists.  BuzzFeed said it would lay off 15 percent of its employees, and Verizon Media announced it would cut 7 percent …
Wall Street Journal:
Bill Simmons says The Ringer, focused on its network of 28 podcasts with ~35M downloads a month is profitable; sources say it made $15M+ on podcasts in 2018  —  Four years after his acrimonious split with ESPN, the sports entrepreneur is building a different kind of network
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Condé Nast International launches Vogue Business, a twice-weekly newsletter for professionals in the fashion and luxury industries, with 21 staffers  —  Condé Nast International, home to magazine brands like Vogue, GQ and Wired, is making a more direct play for professionals …
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
NBC veteran Tom Brokaw apologizes after saying “Hispanics should work harder at assimilation” on Sunday's Meet the Press, evoking further criticism  —  Tom Brokaw, the veteran NBC newsman, has apologized for saying that Hispanic immigrants need to do a better job of assimilating …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Guardian EIC Katharine Viner says the group is on track to break even in April, talks about being Guardian's first female editor, paywalls, sexism, and more  —  Guardian News and Media editor-in-chief Katharine Viner has said a hard paywall “isn't really a conversation” …
Discussion: @michellemanafy
Bernat Ivancsics / Columbia Journalism Review:
Tow Center report examines blockchain's journalistic applications, focusing on solutions for storing metadata and business models driven by cryptocurrencies  —  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  —  Blockchain, like the internet, or democracy, or money, is many overlapping things.
Discussion: @spj_tweets
 
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Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
As “deepfake” videos become more common and convincing, the tech will give cover to those dismissing real events as fake; DARPA researches ways to detect fakes
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
A collaboration between Google Trends, Axios, and data visualization firm Schema finds the news cycles for big stories in the US in 2018 lasted for about 7 days
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
NBCUniversal and Comcast Ventures to invest an undisclosed sum in fintech startup Acorns, which will partner with CNBC to produce original content
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Major TV networks like NBC and Viacom embrace addressable TV ads, which allow advertisers to create targeted ads by demographic based on viewer data
 

 
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Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Financial Times:
Source: Microsoft pushed OpenAI to prioritize commercial products after the attempted coup against Sam Altman in November 2023, amplifying tensions at OpenAI

 
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